EXPERIENCE

Staff Writer  Daily Breeze

July 2014 - present

  • Covering breaking news, city government, crime, education, features and general assignment stories daily in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. My beat includes Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and LGBT stories.
  • Brought new digital engagement to the Palos Verdes Peninsula beat for both the Daily Breeze and sister weekly Peninsula News for over one year, producing stories that drew thousands of views and were aggregated nationally.
  • Shooting short videos, taking photos and live-tweeting news events.

Staff Writer  San Pedro Beacon

September 2013 - July 2014

  • Wrote stories throughout the week for the San Pedro Beacon, a digital daily news expansion of San Pedro Today magazine.

Staff Writer  San Pedro Today

May 2011 - July 2014

  • Wrote news, features and profiles for the monthly magazine exploring the port town’s unique culture and history.

Contributing Writer  EDGE on the Net

December 2010 - December 2013

  • Covered a range of LGBT and HIV stories for the website’s national, California and Los Angeles news channels.

Editor and Writer  The Bottom Line

May 2007-June 2009

  •  Co-founded the alternative campus weekly newspaper, overseeing editorial production and operations as managing editor.
  • Worked at all levels of production, including reporting, editing and page designing.

Graphic and web designer  Eastview Music Studio

June 2005 - April 2014

  • Designed and maintained the music teaching studio's original website, including the company logo and brand aesthetic.
  • Created visually engaging business cards, letterhead, fliers, postcards and other promotional materials.
  • Developed marketing strategies and managed social media presence.

AWARDS

2017 California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest

May 2017

For team coverage of the Lunada Bay Boys in weekly and daily divisions: 

2nd Place Enterprise Series - Palos Verdes Peninsula News
Honorable Mention, Enterprise Series - Daily Breeze
Honorable Mention, Local Government Coverage - Palos Verdes Peninsula News

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Village Voice Queer Issue

June 2014

Wrote a feature story for the annual queer edition asking members of New York City’s lesbian community how they felt about the pioneering lesbian activist past of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray.

EDGE on the Net World AIDS Day Series

2011 - 2013

Contributed to the national LGBT news website’s annual World AIDS Day series for three years, writing pieces on the state of HIV education in public schools, online dating in the HIV-positive community, and life with HIV in rural America.

That's So Pedro

March 2013 - September 2013

Co-founded and produced a hyperlocal podcast sharing San Pedro stories, recording and editing audio reports and interviews.

EDUCATION

BA in English and Art History,  minor in professional writing  with a multimedia communication emphasis.

University of California, Santa Barbara   2009

SKILLS

AP Style, copy editing, SEO, social media platforms, audio editing, proficiency in WordPress, HTML,  Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Microsoft Office.